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Widespread flooding continues in Manila

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This handout photo taken on August 8, 2012 and released by the Department of National Defense (DND) shows an aerial shot of floodings around Bulacan north of Manila. More than a million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods on August 8, as more monsoon rain fell, with neck-deep waters trapping both slum dwellers and the wealthy on rooftops.

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A Filipino man watches from the roof of his shanty as another walks in floodwaters in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on August 8. Torrential rain and massive flooding in the Philippine capital and northern provinces forced thousands to flee their homes while hundreds more were stranded on their rooftops as the muddy waters rose.

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A man uses a boat to carry people across a flooded street in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 8. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.

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A handout photo dated and released 08 August 2012 by the Malacanang Photo Bureau shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (C, wearing cap) riding a military truck and greeting flood-affected residents of Muntinlupa City, south of Manila, Philippines. Philippine authorities on rushed relief goods to more than 850,000 people displaced by massive floods in the capital and surrounding provinces that have killed 24 people. Rescue teams struggled to reach hundreds still stranded by the floods in Manila and northern provinces. The deluge, the worst since 2009 when flash floods killed hundreds in Manila, forced 242,211 residents to flee to evacuation centers in the capital and 11 provinces, while 607,941 people had taken refuge with relatives and friends, the Office of Civil Defense said. Rains caused by the south-west monsoon have pounded the northern Philippines since August 5. The weather bureau said the monsoon was enhanced by Typhoon Haikui, which made landfall in southern China.

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A resident paddles his improvised raft under heavy rains in suburban Manila on August 8, as the capital city battled deadly floods for a second day. More than a million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods on August 8 as more monsoon rain fell.

 From Reuters:  MANILA - Heavy rains pounded the Philippines capital on Wednesday, prompting a new danger alert as emergency workers rushed food, water and clothes to almost one million people through streets turned into rivers after 11 straight days of monsoon downpour.

About 60 percent of Manila, a metropolis of about 12 million people, remained inundated, Benito Ramos, head of the national disaster agency, told Reuters. Read more on this story here.

 

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